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NFC North Rundown: Bears give the keys to Nagy

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Green Bay moved quickly to fill several of its front office and coaching roles, while Chicago officially landed its new head coach.

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It has been a busy week for the Green Bay Packers since finishing the regular season.

The team’s general manager position has trickled down from Ted Thompson to a top personnel executive, Brian Gutekunst. Former assistant and Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin has reportedly been chosen as the Packers’ offensive coordinator. Indianapolis Colts assistant Jim Hostler will be tabbed as Green Bay’s next wide receivers coach. In an odd period of uncertainty on Green Bay’s staff, the Packers have moved relatively quickly to fill their holes and may hire their next defensive coordinator very soon.

Around the division, those holes weren’t patched as quickly. The pace quickened on Monday, however, when Chicago named Matt Nagy its new head coach. Now, the pressure is on Detroit to fill its own head job after interviewing a number of offensive-minded coaches in recent days.

A few notes on those searches, as well as Minnesota’s divisional playoff date with New Orleans in today’s rundown.

Detroit Lions

Detroit Lions coach search: Will Bill Belichick coaching tree bear fruit?

Only Al Groh has gone on to produce a winning record as head coach in the NFL after serving as a Belichick assistant. With top candidates Mike Vrabel, Matt Patricia, and Josh McDaniels on the market, will the Lions bite on another apple from the Belichick tree?

Detroit Lions block Teryl Austin from Green Bay Packers interview

The Lions’ defensive coordinator interviewed for the team’s head coaching position before being blocked from interviewing for the DC job with their divisional rival. Austin was later named Cincinnati’s defensive coordinator on Monday evening.

Rookie Tabor learning a lot from Slay

The Lions received Pro Bowl play from their veteran Slay this season and now he is grooming another Detroit second round pick at cornerback to do the same despite their differences in play style.


Chicago Bears

With Bears, former salesman Matt Nagy has chance to make name for himself

Bears fans hope the highly-regarded 39-year old former Kansas City offensive coordinator will build Chicago into a playoff contender.

Matt Nagy: 10 things to know about the new Bears coach

An Arena Football League quarterback with notable ties to Andy Reid is just one back story of the new ball coach.

9 things the next Chicago Bears coach can learn from the 2017 season

Here are several pieces Nagy will inherit on this up-and-coming Chicago team in addition to a high 2018 draft pick.


Minnesota Vikings - Divisional Round vs. New Orleans

5 questions for Vikings, Saints ahead of playoff game

Drew Brees’ matchup against the Minnesota defense highlights five key aspects to watch this weekend.

Early Look: Vikings vs. Saints (Playoff Edition)

Vikings.com offers its take on each area of the elimination game, from passing offense to special teams.

Vikings Super Bowl run could exorcise the demons of 2009, 1998, every other year

The Vikings’ upcoming playoff opponents are setting up for Minnesota to have long-awaited, sweet postseason revenge.